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On the program for Saturday May 28, 2011

On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Halifax based Norma MacDonald and her new release 'Morning You Wake' - and a concert from multiple JUNO Award winner Stephen Fearing.

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Norma MacDonald is a singer-songwriter and an avid biology nerd. She was raised on AM country stations and Willie Nelson cassettes in her hometown of New Waterford, Cape Breton, but has made her home in Halifax, NS for the last number of years. On her sophomore recording, 'the forest for the trees', Norma manages to seamlessly meld her innate old-school country sensibilities with contemporary influences (Wilco, Patty Griffin, Bruce Springsteen) without losing a drop of authenticity. The album was honoured with nominations for Female Solo Recording of the Year in 2009 by both Music Nova Scotia and ECMA. It has been a staple on the CBC Radio 2 playlist, and her track "we're ghosts" has been featured on the hit CBC crime drama "The Border". The past year has seen her share the stage with folk legend Eliza Gilkyson, rising indie star Dan Mangan, as well as showcases at NXNE, the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Chicago Celtic Festival. Her third album "Morning You Wake", produced by Phil Sedore (Amelia Curran, Catherine MacLellan) will be released in June, 2011. She will be touring Canada extensively this spring and summer with plans to head to the UK next winter.

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Stephen Fearing is known for mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, and displaying brilliant guitar playing. The consistent quality of work produced, from his 1988 release Out to Sea, to his last Juno winning album Yellowjacket, has established his reputation as a solid and captivating entertainer, building a faithful Canadian and international fan base. Like many contemporary songwriter/performers, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category as will be evidenced in this concert. Stephen Fearing dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for an intimate sampling of some his material.

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